The good news? Portland's Hillstomp returns to Missoula for another high-energy set of dirty-blues stomp-grass and inspired duct-taped bucket and can drumming. The bad news? As their Facebook page says, this will be the last opportunity to see the duo live until further notice.
Before you bemoan the end of "authentic" and "good" Americana music and begin searching for another crunchy fad to hula-hoop around, put this in your glass tobacco-smoking product and, uh, smoke it: Farewell tours rule. Not Rolling Stones farewell tours, of course. Or Cher. The Ramones? Depends on the farewell tour. The '95 farewell tour was dope, '96 Lollapalooza, not so much. What we're talking about are bands who end it when they arrive at their ne plus ultra, the apex of their creativity, groups like Hillstomp.
For the uninitiated, Hillstomp brings the bounce and the trounce to their shows. For those in the know, you will stand in front of the stage, sweating it out and stinking it up. You'll clap along and jig and hoot and holler because this is it. No dénouement, only climax.
Hillstomp plays the Top Hat Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 PM with McDougall and The BoxCutters. $8/$6 advance.